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Zimmermann had espionage in mind at NY Fashion Week

Updated Monday, Feb. 11, 2019 | 2:52 p.m.

NEW YORK (AP) — Perhaps in another life, Nicky Zimmermann would have been a spy, an extremely chic one.

The Australian fashion designer had espionage on her mind Monday at the New York Fashion Week show of her Zimmerman brand. She showed luxe trench coats made of buttery leather, hooded anoraks and bomber jackets in shades of sand, ocra and mahogany.

And she used military detailing on utility pockets and belted waists. But the feminine touches she is known for were present in corsetry and flowing dresses and skirts.

The Sydney-based company has amassed a healthy following of famous women: Beyonce and Kendall Jenner included. Then there's Kate Middleton, and the Kate Middleton factor.

The Duchess of Cambridge wore Zimmermann's demure white laser cut Romer Day Dress on the royal couple's much-photographed tour of Australia in 2014. It was a big boost for a company that began 27 years ago as a stall in Sydney's Paddington Market.